The financial and ecclesial lifeblood of missions in the Southern Baptist Convention is the cooperative program. Scott Hildreth concisely and easily takes the reader through the Cooperative Program:
How the split over slavery resulted in the Southern Baptist Convention.
How reaching the world through the cooperative program has helped all SBC churches.
How sharing His Gospel is Biblical and relevant.
How cooperating on world missions further spreads the Gospel.
Hildreth writes on the convention in the past—especially those of a generation (many of which who are still alive) who fought to bring the convention back from theological liberalism during the 1900s. Hildreth shows how The SBC is a diverse group of churches, and unlike some other denominations, the convention has far more theological diversity, (both “traditionalists” and Calvinists) have both maintained unity and cooperation for the overall mission of taking the gospel to lost people and advancing the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. Hildreth shows that “it is naive to believe a body as large as the Southern Baptist Convention will be able to settle a debate that has been raging for hundreds of years. While theological convictions are indeed necessary, it is important for Southern Baptists to seek unity under out common statement of faith and around our common cooperative vision.”
Further detailing the SBC, Hildreth writes on some churches having viewed the Cooperative Program as a “tax” rather than a means of cooperation and Hildreth argues that we must strive to view the CP as a positive means for advancing the Kingdom, not as a burden.
Learning about the Cooperative Program and the SBC through a website or two is woefully inadequate in understanding what challenges are faced currently, and what opportunities there are for growth and expansion in coming years.
I agree with Dr. Hildreth that we are called to be a light to the nations, and there is no better way than by working together in unity to fulfill God’s Mission!